Books mentioned in the March 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Lois Ehlert Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, illus. by Lois Ehlert, Simon, 2–5 years. Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert, Lippincott, 2–5 years. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, Harcourt, 4–7 years. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert, Simon/Beach Lane, 5–8 years. […]

The Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2014

March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents   Features Leonard S. Marcus 14 An Interview with Neal Porter A renowned publisher shares his insight into the current state of picture books. Jon Scieszka and Molly Leach 28 Design Matters The classic Horn Book article — now in color. Julie Danielson 44 Just Enjoy the Pictures: Hand-Crafted Versus Digital Art […]

Books for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2014

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In Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls, Lia, an anorexic and cutter, learns that her estranged friend Cassie was found dead in a motel room — after leaving Lia thirty-three messages. Cassie’s death tips the already fragile Lia into a vortex of self-destruction. Anderson conveys Lia’s illness vividly through her dark, fantastic thoughts. This stream-of-consciousness, first-person, present-tense […]

All a-Twitter

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Happy Valentine’s Day! What would characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to each other to show their affection? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments.   @brightestwitch: @boywholived Wish I still had my time-turner […]

Books mentioned in the February 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Marilyn Nelson Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson, Front, 13–16 years. A Wreath for Emmett Till written by Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Philippe Lardy, Houghton, 13–16 years. Freedom Business: Including a Narrative of the Life & Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa written by Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Deborah […]

Black History Month booklist

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The books recommended below were reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For more on multiculturalism, visit our Talking About Race page and read the Horn Book’s reviews of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award winners. Picture books Suggested grade level for each entry: […]

Preview March/April Horn Book Magazine

March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Illustration Leonard S. Marcus interviews publisher Neal Porter about picture books. Classic Horn Book: Jon Scieszka and Molly Leach’s seminal article “Design Matters” — now in color. Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blogger Julie Danielson looks at hand-crafted versus digital art. Lolly Robinson talks with Molly Bang about illustrating picture book nonfiction. Shadra Strickland […]

Snow day

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Baggetta, Marla Pastel Step by Step Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster Fisher, Diana The Art of Rock Painting Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster Franks, Gene Pencil Drawing Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster Goldman, Ken Charcoal Drawing Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster Powell, William […]

Civil rights

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Aretha, David Brown v. Board of Education Middle school, high school   128 pp. Morgan Aretha, David Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington Middle school, high school   128 pp. Morgan Civil Rights Movement series. Black-and-white archival photographs, boxed quotes, and excerpts from notable speeches enhance this series documenting pivotal laws and incidents […]

U.S. presidents

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Bausum, Ann Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama Gr. 4–6   224 pp. National Geographic New ed., 2009. This updated volume offers balanced chronological summaries of the forty-four U.S. presidents’ terms, along with fact boxes, quotations, and official portraits. Interspersed are occasional double-page spreads about […]